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'CLEVELAND FOUR' DUB GUMMER BACKING AS A 'LANDMARK EVENT'

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The government's acceptance of proposals to change the map of Cleveland's local government was received as 'a landm...
The government's acceptance of proposals to change the map of Cleveland's local government was received as 'a landmark event' by the ADC yesterday.

ADC chair, Margaret Singh, said the move showed the way for scores of English districts to win unitary status. 'People everywhere would prefer to be served by one council, not two,' she said.

John Gummer's acceptance of the recommendations of the Local Government Commission means that Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Langbaurgh and Stockton are only months away from being able to establish shadow arrangements to take over all the county functions.

The four districts issued a joint statement on the decision which they hailed as 'a victory for local democracy and common sense'. They urged Cleveland CC - who has applied for leave to seek a judicial review of the way the commission made its proposals - to co-operate in the transition of local government services..
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